Andrea Tozer, NLSLA Board Member & Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year

Before Andrea Tozer joined NLSLA’s Board of Directors, she took on several pro bono cases for the organization, representing immigrants who were the victims of violence. One of those cases stands out as both particularly troubling and especially rewarding. Her client had come to the United States to escape horrific gang violence, but found violence… Read more »

Helping the Newly Unemployed Weather the Storm

Since efforts to contain the pandemic effectively shut down the California economy in late March, more than 1.3 million Los Angeles County residents have become unemployed. Among them is Henry, a 69-year old washing-machine operator and driver for a restaurant supply company who provides for himself and his wife. When he lost his job, he… Read more »

We’re Counting On You

The impact of the novel coronavirus on the communities we serve is just beginning to surface, and we know that, for people living in poverty, the worst is yet to come. In order to meet the growing needs of our communities, I need your financial support and urge you to make a donation today. A recent… Read more »

Black Lives Matter

Dear Friends: We are, at this moment, a nation in anguish. The pain and anger bringing people to the street in demonstrations across the country was sparked by police brutality, but it is fueled by myriad longstanding injustices and inequalities. At NLSLA we see the result of these entrenched disparities every day. We see it… Read more »

Advocates Hail End of Controversial Los Angeles County PACE Program

Homeowner and consumer advocates call on local entities statewide to follow the County’s lead and protect vulnerable homeowners from predatory financing scheme LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – May 19, 2020 – Bet Tzedek, Public Counsel, ACCE, Haven Neighborhood Services, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and UC Irvine School of Law are celebrating Los Angeles County’s… Read more »

Doug Smith Joins NLSLA Board

Doug Smith, a litigator with Mayer Brown, joined NLSLA’s Board of Directors this month, after decades of pro bono contributions that have earned him numerous prestigious awards. Smith has always had a deep commitment to public service, but it wasn’t until a string of clerkships – including one on the U.S. Court of Appeals for… Read more »

“How Can The Landlord Ask Me for This When There Is a Worldwide Pandemic?”

As an after-school care teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Mary* was never able to save money for a rainy day. So when the virus hit and her hours were cut significantly, she didn’t have much of a cushion to fall back on. She knew immediately that she would no longer be able… Read more »

As More People Fall Into Poverty, Legal Aid Is a Lifeline

In 1994, immediately after the Northridge Earthquake, NLSLA advocates reached out to residents to see what kind of legal advocacy they might need. By the time hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, NLSLA had created a nationally recognized model for disaster legal services, and its lawyers were flown to New Orleans to aid local legal services organizations… Read more »

Remembering Caron Smith

Caron Smith, a longtime NLSLA advocate and a fixture in the San Fernando Valley legal services community, passed away Monday after experiencing complications from a previous surgical procedure. She was 60 years old, and anyone who knew her well knew that she was far from finished with her work expanding access to justice. For Caron,… Read more »

Our COVID-19 Mission

Dear Friends: These last few days have brought into focus the magnitude of the threat we are facing. Our city, state, and federal governments have taken drastic steps to try and save human lives and prevent this virus from exacting an unbearable toll on our communities. All Californians have now been ordered to stay at… Read more »